Gold for boxers
Ballymore Hollywood Boxing Club struck double gold in the Leinster Youth Finals in Athy on Sunday, March 3 when Niall O’Neill and David MacAtamney both secured Leinster titles. Niall had a tough fight in the semis against Sean Duncan of Longford but used his body hooks to great advantage causing Duncan to drop his guard; Niall then switched his hooks to the head scoring with some great shots to win all three rounds, and set up a final against Adam Holt of St Joseph’s BC, Edenderry. This was another great battle with Niall winning all three rounds, forcing Holt to take a count in the last round on a technical right hook to the head.
David MacAtamney boxed Eddie Lynoth from South Meath BC in the semi-finals. David kept Lynoth at bay with his long left jab and straight right to win the contest which sent to the final against Liam Carpenter from Rochfortbridge BC, Westmeath. This was another great contest with David using his reach to good advantage and securing the Leinster title, 11 to 8. Having two Leinster Final Champions is a huge boost to the club as it only reformed last season after a fifteen year break. Congratulations to all the coaches and boxers, on a great sporting achievement and best wishes to the lads in the All Ireland Finals in the National Stadium.
The Wolfe Tone Brass & Reed Band, in recoginsising the invaluable contribution of St. Bridget’s Hospice to the communities of Kildare & West Wicklow are thus organising a musical gala in aid of the service. The concert to be held on Saturday, 13 April at 8pm in the Band Hall, Ballymore with our local Wolfe Tone Brass & Reed Band to headline the show. Jon Clifford, formally of the BBC Orchestra & Scottish Ballet, has been putting the WT Band through its paces with a programme featuring 1940’s swing right through to recent chart hits. Under Jon’s direction, the WTs has made huge strides over the past two years and recently featured in The Tramway Theatre.
Thanks to Naas Credit Union Cecil Doyle Bursary, the band will be performing a range of new pieces on the night including themes from musicals, big band numbers and film score excerpts. The WT Band is thrilled to share a stage with our neighbours from West Wicklow, Kilbride & Lakeside Orchestra, who led by renowned jazz trombonist Colm O’Hara, will open the show. The group features 20 young musicians playing various music styles. The concert will also see the debut of No Strings Attached, a five piece saxophone ensemble sure to delight the audience with their intricate and up beat repertoire.
Tickets cost €5, available on the door or from Janet’s Village Store or phone Orlagh on 087 644 1174. Purchase early to avoid disappointment! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
Dowling to contest 4th Masters Title
Ballymore handballer, Mick Dowling continues his incredible winning form and will contest the All-Ireland Golden Masters Final against John Herlihy of Cork in April. Handball fans can expect a hell of a game between these two, the pair having two wins each recorded against the other in competitive fixtures in the last year. Dowling defeated the renowned Billy Burke of Kilkenny in the Leinster Final and then facedthe Connaught champion, Ger Walsh of Roscommon in the All Ireland Semi-Final, hosted in the latter’s home town. However, home advantage served no protection against the Kildare man and Mick won 21-3, 21-0. Mick now heads into another Grand Masters All-Ireland Final, looking for an incredible 4 in a row. Best of luck to Mick from the local club, the fixture will be held on either April 6 or 7, venue to be confirmed.
The CDA and local Historical Society are jointly organizing an event in Ballymore Eustace to tie in with The Gathering 2013. ‘Ballymore Revisited’ invites former past pupils of the Old School to join a reunion event and Margaret McDonald on behalf of both groups, was successful in obtaining a grant from KCC to fund the event.
The official launch of the Kildare Gathering and presentation of funding cheques was held in Punchestown recently and the Ballymore Group are busy making plans to mark the occasion. If you wish to join in or have relatives overseas who’d like to return home for Ballymore Revisited, please contact Margaret Pearse of the Historical Society at 087 791 6993 and Clare Doyle at 087 927 2194.
Congratulations and Thanks
The Ballymore Bugle and Community Development Association would like to thank Naas Credit Union and Ballymore Hearts & Crafts for their generous sponsorship of the recent People of the Year Awards. Jenny Murphy received a beautifully sculptured piece in the shape of a rugby ball as her presentation re the Des Kennedy Memorial Award, the late Des having been an avid sportsman and a member of Naas CU Board of Directors. Tommy Deegan received the overall award as BME Person of the Year 2013 for his dedicated service to the community over the past 40 years. Other awards winners included Martine Rigney, Johnny Murphy, Kay Kavanagh, Monsignor John Wilson and Mary Deegan.
Congratulations to all the winners concerned, to Claire, Sheryl and Maggie for organizing teas, Julie Ann, Tim, Jimmy, Billy Loughlin and members of the CDA for helping to organize the event which drew a large attendance and saw community volunteers deservedly acknowledged.
Aileen Sexton-Murphy and Janet McDermott invite you to the annual Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day Coffee Morning, to be held in the Resource Centre, on Friday, March 22 from 9:15am - 12:30pm. It’s always an enjoyable morning, with lots of home-made treats and confectionery – and in aid of such a good cause.